Here, we look at SEVEN TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU MAKE PROGRESS. These proven ideas include <i>chunking</i> and other important ideas to help learn new phrases, build longer sentences and speak more fluidly.

As you travel along your language learning journey, metaphorically speaking, each of these techniques can play a significant role in improving your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills:

    • Using chunking to develop speech.

      Vocabulary chunking and language learning

      Use chunking – and keep calm!


    • Repeating correct English out loud.
      Good pronunciation will increase your listening comprehension.


    • Learning new grammar and revising to help correct habitual errors.


    • Having lessons, tuition or coaching (with an experienced native teacher) regularly to help guide you in the right direction.


    • Listening to a native English speaker two or three times a week between lessons – try BBC Radio, TV (Sky News, for instance), MP3s, etc.

Regular listening and speaking with native English teachers, tutors and language exchange partners

    • Reading magazines, brochures, news articles, library books and talking books (with CDs) – again, between lesson.


    • Using your new language skills when you can.Why not organise a language exchange, travel to an English-speaking destination (not central London) or use the ‘imaginary passenger technique’ when driving? Practise speaking to an imaginary, invisible person sitting next to you – no-one will know; they’ll probably think you’re talking on a hands-free phone.